Innovative carers’ training scheme is up for two awards

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A HEALTHCARE initiative has received national praise after being nominated for a second award in recent months.

Avocet, standing for Action on Community Education and Training, is one of three finalists in the Wonderful Workforce Solution of the Year category of the Shine Awards 2015.

The initiative supplies healthcare professionals, as well as ‘home helpers’ who assist with social aspects of recovery, for those moving from hospital to home life and people who need carers.

Avocet has also been short-listed for a Health Service Journal award in workforce efficiency.

That award will be announced on Tuesday, September 22.

The scheme is run by NHS South Eastern Hampshire and NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Project lead Sue Clarke said: ‘Avocet aims to ensure sustainable development of a knowledgeable and skilled non-medical workforce which is able to meet the needs of patients across 
health and social care and support 
the move of care out of hospital 
settings into primary and community care.

‘This would involve specifying and training a new style of non-medical clinical workforce so that the next generation of clinicians have the skills and mindset to provide ever-greater elements of care in the home and/or community environment.’